Deep in wormhole space, sleeper sites are not the only engagements that see escalation at the introduction of capitals. A quiet day can get loud very quickly, and so it did for Sleeper Social Club (SSC) on March 4th at around 20:00. Their “cozy” home system and connections nearby were scanned and it was discovered that a connection to No Holes Barred’s (NOHO) home system was available. A NOHO HIC was guarding the connection ensuring that SSC caps would be difficult to field, so a fleet of T3s augmented with a HIC, HACs, Recons, and Guardians was formed and sent to check out what was to be found.
Three T3s [Edit: Actual NOHO initial gang size was closer to 12 T3s] were discovered in the C5 connected to NOHO’s C6. SSC introduced themselves and not long after a NOHO Archon jumped into them to rep the
two Proteuses and ECM Tengu T3s. The Archon’s reps were broken and a DPS Proteus and Tengu were killed. A cloaky Proteus managed to duck out for the time being.
SSC, knowing that NOHO was getting ready to make a real run at them, jumped past the first Archon into NOHO’s system to find a C6 magnetar wormhole staring back at them. SSC ran into a small response fleet of more T3s with another Archon supporting. They started burning down the T3s as fast as they could with their HIC bubbling the hell out of them.
Things got more interesting. As the T3s were going down, more carriers landed on the field and the original one jumped back in behind them, collapsing the hole back to SSC’s home system.
[05:37:23] James Arget > With multiple Triage on grid, it was a matter of switching targets as fast as we could while the neut Legions put pressure on their Carriers.
SSC’s HIC went down.
[05:38:49] James Arget > We swapped to Dreads as soon as they started siege cycles to give us the full 5 minutes of cycle to kill them, and were able to do so regularly with the massive damage bonus.
[05:40:20] James Arget > In desperation they even reshipped a Revelation pilot (who had just lost a revelation) into a shield Rapier to try to web down subcaps for their remaining Moroses, but he was alphaed off field.
The damage coming across at this point was manageable for SSC.
[05:41:36] James Arget > pretty much. we had very solid guardians.
[05:42:00] James Arget > Between dreads we killed T3s as range gave us the chance. They were hesitant to maintain triage, and when out they were vulnerable to range damps.
[05:42:45] James Arget > In the end their last Moros was about 60km off the main fleet, after he went down they bailed and warped out all but their last Archon and a last Legion was tackled.
[05:43:38] James Arget > We put all webs on the Legion, and as we were grinding down the Archon, the Legion pilot… ejected. Comms got interesting for a moment, but the order was given to REP the legion.
[05:44:01] James Arget > Damage was pulled, Archon was killed, our Devoter pilot logged in, warped to the Legion… and boarded it.
[05:45:04] James Arget > we had the field, and after a few loose trigger fingers we were told to leave the capital wrecks intact for NOHO to recover what capital mods they could, since we couldn’t take them with us.
[05:47:25] James Arget > GFs were exchanged in local (along with cries of James Arget CSM8!), We evacced into a C2, but it only lead to nullsec. NOHO were super awesome wormhole bros though, and joined our fleet with a scout and gave us a path to highsec.
[05:47:41] James Arget > We even killed an Onyx and some ceptors who were camping for NOHO capsules that were returning from k space after beign podded
To top this fight off, the pilots that were cut off after the first Archon collapsed the hole were able to scan down and kill the last Proteus left in the first link.
[05:50:18] James Arget > Huge props to NOHO for bringing a fight after that initial skirmish, and there was nothing but respect from both sides.
Apparently local does have its use in wormhole space: “gf”
There were a few tense moments with the loss of the HIC and some Proteuses running out of ammo, but according to James, “…our reps were strong enough that worst case we would have just had to abandon the field and leave. they were losing subcaps and wouldn’t have been able to hold point if we’d chosen to disengage”
NOHO gets some more props as well, “they managed to have one [carrier] coast out of triage and web it off field”
But wait, there’s more!
Later in the night, Semper Ubi Sub Ubi of www.downthepipe-wh.com got in touch, telling of a gang of caps bashing a POS in SUSU’s home chain.
[06:11:23] James Arget > …Semper Ubi Sub Ubi of www.downthepipe-wh.com fame contacted us a few hours later asking for help with some capitals
[06:11:51] James Arget > half our fleet got crashed trying to get through the good exit, so we sent guardians and neuts out to meed them as they tacled four carriers with t1 cruisers!
This left SSC with a fleet split into “near” and “far” as they made their way to the fight.
[06:12:04] James Arget > it was Nulli Secunda, for some odd reason, who were bashing a POS.
[06:12:36] James Arget > two carriers initially escaped, but came back to try to kill SUSU tackle… as the first part of our fleet landed, and spread points to everyone+bubbled
[06:13:09] James Arget > meanwhile, it seems SUSU had not just batphoned, but had broken into the switchboard, and we found ourselves opening fleet to Exhale, Surely You’re Joking, and Existential Agony
[06:13:52] James Arget > Normally, these are all people we shoot on sight, but we all piled onto SUSU comms and most of us went about 18 jumps to get to the fight… and still about ten pilots couldn’t make it in through the C3 connection
Those that arrived initially were enough to take out the subcaps and start working on breaking the spider tanking caps. Soon after, the “far” group made it to the connection into wormhole space along with Exhale, collapsing the hole behind them and trapping the already doomed caps inside the dark and shark infested wormhole system.
[06:15:19] James Arget > SUSU gets great props for getting tackle and killing initial support with what they had, and their publicity is fantastic apparently for getting so many other groups to come pile through their chain to give them a hand.
The company you keep
When asked about the “unusual” alliance with Exhale, Surely You’re Joking, Existential Agony, and Sleeper Social Club, James cheerfully responded:
“nope, we all knew this was a good spirited social event, and everyone left without incident… I think the only friendly fire was a HIC shooting at a blackbird, which does about nothing.”
And apparently the only contact with Nully during the ordeal was, “just ‘GF’s…they got caught trying to steal from the cookie jar, and had their hand cut off.”
James Arget is currently running for CSM8 as a wormhole candidate and some information on that can be found here. Check it out and be sure to vote.
[06:24:47] James Arget > it’s great to see wspace corps pull together against our common enemy: anyone who isn’t a wspace corp
- Howard Roark